Ronald Franklin Westover
Westover, approximately 2005
Date reported missing : 03/05/2005
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Male
Biracial, Native American, White
DOB : 09/23/1941 (79)
Age at the time of disappearance: 63 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 185 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Biracial (Caucasian/Native American) male. Red hair, brown eyes. Westover was hit by a car in 1999 and sustained multiple rib fractures. His gallbladder was been surgically removed in 2002. He wears eyeglasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Westover was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1999. He went through radiation treatments and his cancer went into remission. In March 2005, Westover told his loved ones that his cancer had returned. He said he was going to Canada to visit friends.
Westover asked a family friend for a ride to the Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania bus station, but later said he had found another ride. He was last seen on March 5, 2005.
After his disappearance, Westover's family discovered he had not in fact experienced a cancer recurrence, and he never caught the bus out of Punxsutawney. He left his belongings and identification at his home. His case remains unsolved.
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Pennsylvania State Police
September 2021 updates and sources
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